Near Eastern Studies (NES)Arts and Sciences

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NES 1102

Intended for beginners. Provides a thorough grounding in reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. Students who complete the course are able to function in basic situations ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 1102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5652NES 1102  SEM 101

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  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: JWST 1102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5653NES 1102  SEM 102

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NES 1202

Provides a thorough grounding in all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It starts with spoken Arabic and gradually integrates Modern Standard Arabic in the form of listening and ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 1202

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5642NES 1202  SEM 102

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 1202

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5643NES 1202  SEM 103

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 1202

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5644NES 1202  SEM 104

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NES 1312

Introduction to Urdu reading and writing. Assumes some knowledge of spoken Hindi-Urdu.  May be taken concurrently with HINDI 1102. view course details

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  •   Combined with: URDU 1125

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  7875NES 1312  SEM 101

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  • Prerequisite: HINDI 1101 or permission of instructor.

NES 1321

Our objective is to produce students literate in Persian. Therefore, writing and reading are taught along with speaking and listening skills. The course is designed with particular focus on communicative ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5590NES 1321  SEM 101

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NES 1331

Intended for students with no experience in Turkish. The goal is to provide a thorough grounding in the Turkish language with an emphasis on communication. Small class size provides intensive practice ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5634NES 1331  SEM 101

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  • Course taught through distance learning using video-conferencing technology.

NES 1561

This course will introduce students to the study of the Ottoman Empire from its inception in the 12th century until the modernization reforms of the 19th century. Topics will include an introduction to ... view course details

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  • 15988NES 1561  LEC 001

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NES 1967

An exploration of the nature of the classical Islamic judicial system and notions of justice.  Class discussions will be based upon the close reading of historical materials, including legal documents ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18016NES 1967  SEM 101

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NES 1996

This first-year seminar will explore stories of the first century of the history of Islam – beginning with the life of the prophet Muhammad (circa 570 to 632 of the Common Era) and extending through the ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17356NES 1996  SEM 101

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NES 2100

Introduces Hebrew literature and Israeli culture through the use of texts and audiovisual materials. For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor. view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 2100

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5635NES 2100  SEM 101

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  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

NES 2200

Sequel to NES 1201-NES 1202. Continued development of the four language skills through extensive use of graded materials on a wide variety of topics. Increased attention is given to developing native-like ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 2200

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5673NES 2200  SEM 101

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: ASRC 2200

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5674NES 2200  SEM 102

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NES 2202

This course is designed to develop competence in Urdu reading and writing for students with a first-year knowledge of Hindi and knowledge of Urdu script. May be taken concurrently with Intermediate ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: URDU 2226

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  7614NES 2202  LEC 001

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  • Prerequisite: URDU 2225 or permission of instructor.

NES 2204

This course is designed for students who are interested in reading the language of the Qur'an with accuracy and understanding. The first week (4 classes) will be devoted to an introduction of the history ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 2204RELST 2204

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8419NES 2204  SEM 101

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NES 2322

Course material is drawn entirely from authentic Persian printed and audio-video sources created for use by native Persian speakers. Besides the readings included in the textbook, we will draw material ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5591NES 2322  SEM 101

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NES 2575

This course will survey the cultic practices and beliefs of ancient Babylonia and Assyria, the two major civilizations of Mesopotamia. We will examine the major myths of this region, e.g., Ishtar's Descent ... view course details

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  •  8180NES 2575  LEC 001

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NES 2668

The course surveys the history and culture of pharaonic Egypt from its prehistoric origins down to the early first millennium bce. Within a chronological framework, the following themes or topics will ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARKEO 2668JWST 2668

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8176NES 2668  LEC 001

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NES 2670

This lecture class will explore the socio-cultural history of modern Egypt from the late 18th century to the 21st century "Arab Spring." We will explore Egyptian history under the Ottomans and the Mamluks, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: ASRC 2670HIST 2672

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15586NES 2670  LEC 001

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NES 2695

This course offers an introduction to the history of Christianity from the first century through the seventeenth and perhaps a bit beyond. Our emphasis will be on the diversity of Christian traditions, ... view course details

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  • 15591NES 2695  LEC 001

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NES 2724

The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is a repository of ancient Israelite religious, political, social, historical, and literary traditions. For the modern reader these ancient traditions are often obscured ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: JWST 2724RELST 2724

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15608NES 2724  LEC 001

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NES 2788

What makes a heroine heroic? What makes a villain dastardly? In what ways do they differ? In what ways are they similar? Are the values that attach to heroism and villainy uniform across cultures? What ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 2755

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15622NES 2788  LEC 001

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NES 3102

This course is a continuation of work done in NES 3101/JWST 3101, with less emphasis on the study of grammar. We will read and discuss texts of cultural relevance using articles published in Israeli newspapers, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 3102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5638NES 3102  SEM 101

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  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

NES 3105

This course is intended to continue the development of all aspects of the language. Emphasis, however, will be placed on speaking skills and understanding by using text material relevant to Israeli contemporary ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: JWST 3105

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7578NES 3105  SEM 101

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  • Course may be repeated for credit.

NES 3202

Introduces students to authentic, unedited Arabic language materials ranging from poems, short stories, and plays to newspaper articles dealing with social, political, and cultural issues. Emphasis is ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 3101

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7869NES 3202  SEM 101

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NES 3270

Ancient Byzantion, rebuilt and renamed by the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, raised by his successors to be the capital of a "Byzantine" empire, object of desire for travelers and crusaders, crowning ... view course details

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  • 15980NES 3270  LEC 001

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NES 3511

Structured as a seminar, this course addresses ritual performances as expressed by Muslim communities across Southeast Asia (in both minority and majority contexts), from performativity of the five pillars ... view course details

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  • 17551NES 3511  SEM 101

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NES 3519

In the conditions of strict censorship and numerous limitations on various forms of political organization and activism, literature and cinema, especially Iran's internationally acclaimed art cinematography, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15547NES 3519  LEC 001

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NES 3655

In the media we read about conflict in Iraq between Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds; strife between Muslims and Copts in Egypt; rebellion in Syria against the ruling Alawite minority; and violence between Israelis ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 3655

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15612NES 3655  LEC 001

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NES 3661

This course is an intense introduction for undergraduate and graduate students to the earliest written language, Sumerian, and its cuneiform script. Each week will feature grammar lessons and a reading ... view course details

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  • 15616NES 3661  SEM 101

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NES 3700

The objective of this course is to help students develop all four communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through the use of Arabic films coupled with other structured materials ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15549NES 3700  LEC 001

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NES 3740

In the Middle Ages, people traveled for all many reasons: for adventure, for commerce, on pilgrimage, for conquest. We will read the accounts of medieval travelers in order better to understand the motives ... view course details

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  • 15645NES 3740  LEC 001

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NES 3864

National security in general and the security sector (the military and the other security services) in particular, are critical factors when attempting to comprehend both recent and past developments in ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 3264

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18057NES 3864  LEC 001

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NES 4214

The Thousand and One Nights is a collection of "Oriental" stories of uncertain date and authorship, which are told by the brave and wise " Shehrezad" in an attempt to save the lives of other women of her ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15548NES 4214  SEM 101

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NES 4225

In this course we'll compare specific aspects of the phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon of the Semitic languages. In phonology, we'll examine certain phonological phenomena like sound correspondences, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: LING 4225

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18037NES 4225  SEM 001

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  • Prerequisite: one introductory linguistics course and familiarity with two or more Semitic languages.

NES 4525

Following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and the first Arab-Israeli war, over 150,000 Palestinian Arabs remained in Israel. Referred to by the Arab media as "1948 Arabs" or "Arabs within" ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 4525

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 15614NES 4525  SEM 101

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NES 4560

Seminar offering advanced Near Eastern Studies students the opportunity to read and discuss the range of theories and methods that have been employed by scholars in the interdisciplinary area of Near Eastern ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5821NES 4560  SEM 101

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NES 4618

An examination of Islamic history from 600-750, with special attention to historiography and interpretive issues. Topics to be discussed will include: Arabia and the Near East before Islam; the collection ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 4614RELST 4618

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15659NES 4618  SEM 101

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NES 4622

Two places have dominated the headlines over the past year: Ukraine and Syria/Iraq. Both have deep roots in the history of the Ottoman Empire's slow diminution and Russia's expansion starting in the 18th ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 4522

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16743NES 4622  SEM 101

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NES 4628

What is "Gnosticism" and why has it come to be so hotly debated among scholars and in our contemporary media? What is the Gospel of Judas and are its ideas "heretical"? Who wrote the Gospel of Thomas and ... view course details

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  • 15604NES 4628  SEM 101

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NES 4634

Structured as a seminar, this course explores various aspects of Shi'i Islam (in cultural, literary, intellectual, ritual, legal, and political terms) in its historical emergence and contemporary manifestations ... view course details

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  • 17552NES 4634  SEM 101

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NES 4641

It is hard to think of a region in the world that changed more drastically during the course of World War I, than that of the Middle East. For the war not only spelled the end of an empire that had united ... view course details

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  • 16771NES 4641  SEM 101

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NES 4700

Topic for spring 2015: Narratives of Medieval Art view course details

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  • Topic: Narratives of Medieval Art

  • 16505NES 4700  SEM 101

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NES 4776

The Babylonian Talmud has long been viewed as the central text of post-Biblical Judaism. Yet little is known about who wrote it and when it was written. Since the Talmud is an extremely difficult text ... view course details

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  • 15654NES 4776  SEM 101

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NES 4913

This extraordinary figure died in 1941, and his death is emblematic of the intellectual depradations of Nazism. Yet since World War II, his influence, his reputation, and his fascination for scholars in ... view course details

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  • 15880NES 4913  SEM 101

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NES 4992

For undergraduates who wish to obtain research experience or do extensive reading on a special topic. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the course. ... view course details

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7429NES 4992  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Brann, R

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7430NES 4992  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Chami, Y

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7431NES 4992  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Fahmy, Z

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7432NES 4992  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7433NES 4992  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7434NES 4992  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7435NES 4992  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7436NES 4992  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Scharf, N

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7437NES 4992  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Shoer, S

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7438NES 4992  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7439NES 4992  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Toorawa, S

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7440NES 4992  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7531NES 4992  IND 618

    • TBA
    • Gocheleishvili, I

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7702NES 4992  IND 621

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7866NES 4992  IND 622

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

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NES 4998

Each fall, a small number of highly qualified seniors enter the Near Eastern Studies Honors Program. The Honors Program is open to NES majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7544NES 4998  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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  • NES 4998 is the FIRST course in the Honors two-part sequence.

NES 4999

Each fall, a small number of highly qualified seniors enter the Near Eastern Studies Honors Program. The Honors Program is open to NES majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6721NES 4999  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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  • NES 4999 is the SECOND course in the Honors two-part sequence.

NES 6575

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  • 18043NES 6575  LEC 001

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NES 6641

It is hard to think of a region in the world that changed more drastically during the course of World War I, than that of the Middle East.  For the war not only spelled the end of an empire that had united ... view course details

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  • 16773NES 6641  SEM 101

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NES 6661

This course is an intense introduction for undergraduate and graduate students to the earliest written language, Sumerian, and its cuneiform script. Each week will feature grammar lessons and a reading ... view course details

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  • 15619NES 6661  SEM 101

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NES 6700

Topic for spring 2015: Narratives of Medieval Art view course details

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  • Topic: Narratives of Medieval Art

  •  9047NES 6700  SEM 101

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NES 6740

We will read a selection of medieval travel accounts, paying special attention to the ways in which travelers observed, interacted with, and described the people they encountered and the places they visited. ... view course details

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NES 6776

This course is offered as a companion to NES 4776 for an additional credit.  During this hour, we will read the texts presented each week (during the seminar portion of Talmud and the Art of Reading) in ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 6776

  • 1 Credit Stdnt Opt

  • 16900NES 6776  SEM 101

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  • Students must be enrolled in NES 4776 in order to register for this class.

NES 6992

For graduate students who wish to do intensive reading on a focused topic. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member that has agreed to supervise the course. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6722NES 6992  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6866NES 6992  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6869NES 6992  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Toorawa, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6875NES 6992  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7441NES 6992  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7442NES 6992  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Brann, R

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7443NES 6992  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Chami, Y

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7444NES 6992  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Fahmy, Z

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7445NES 6992  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Scharf, N

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7446NES 6992  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7447NES 6992  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7867NES 6992  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7868NES 6992  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

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NES 7913

This extraordinary figure died in 1941, and his death is emblematic of the intellectual depradations of Nazism. Yet since World War II, his influence, his reputation, and his fascination for scholars ... view course details

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  • 15883NES 7913  SEM 101

  •